Shila Mathew, MD

Board Certified Psychiatrist, Medical Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine

Acupuncture FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

After the acupuncture treatment, how quickly can I expect to feel better?

This depends on your condition. The time it takes to feel better after the acupuncture treatment varies from person to person. In general, you will start feeling the benefits from acupuncture in 2-3 treatments. If the problem is acute, sometimes improvement is felt after 1 treatment, and may only need 3-5 treatments to resolve. If the problem is chronic and long term, it may take many treatments.

How many treatments do I need?

This also depends on your condition. For example, for GTT Acupuncture, Dr. Gokavi says that the duration depends on

  • general health of the patient
  • chronicity and condition of the nerves and muscles.
  • any previous surgery the patient has had.
  • scar tissue
  • structural defects.
  • extent of area in the body involved e.g fibromyalgia
  • age
  • steriod use which can cause:
  • increased risk of infection
  • impaired healing.
  • weakened tissues.
  • joint destruction by avascular necrosis.
  • osteopenia.
  • localized bleeding.

How often should I come for the acupuncture treatment?

It depends on your condition. Some conditions require that you come for weekly treatments. In some cases, such as if the condition is acute and painful, you may require treatments 2-3 times per week for the first couple of weeks. For GTT therapy, the therapy is recommended on average four weeks between treatments. The benefits of acupuncture treatments tend to hold longer as you progress in your treatments. So, your need for acupuncture will decrease with time.

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